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10 Diabetes Long-Term Effects Seniors May Get

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8. Skin Problems

Studies show that one in three people with diabetes will experience a skin condition related to their disease at some point in their lives. It’s also known that high levels of glucose in the blood create an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. This eventually impairs your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

For those who don’t have diabetes, a skin rash may be the first warning sign of high blood sugar or prediabetes. Your doctor can advise you on what to do next.

Luckily, most skin issues can be prevented and successfully treated if discovered early. If you have type 2 diabetes and your skin isn’t cared for properly, a minor skin condition can quickly turn into a severe problem with potentially serious consequences.

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